Thunder Road SpeedBowl

Trampas Demers and the Thunder Road regulars will face the ACT invaders at the 45th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100

Thunder Road’s Late Model stock car competitors are ready to defend their home turf.  With a challenge expected from the stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) at the 45th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100, the 2007 edition of the traditional holiday weekend event is the “rubber match” between the weekly warriors and the ACT big guns.

The Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 became a stand-alone event in 2005 after spending over two decades as a stop on the ACT schedule.  Trampas Demers of South Burlington fended off the invaders to claim the victory for Thunder Road’s home crowd that season, while perennial ACT championship contender Brent Dragon of Milton evened the score with his win last year.

“As far as our season goes at Thunder Road, it’s one of the key races you really want to win,” said Demers.  “And my car is as good or better this year than it was when I won in 2005.”


Colchester's Gary Caron walked away uninjured from this spectacular crash in qualifying for the Casella Waste Management Late Model feature on Sunday, May 13.  Caron was driving a brand new chassis sponsored by Vermont Wholesale Lumber.  Thanks to our track photographers for their quick reflexes!





Joey Laquerre won the Casella Mother's Day 100

             Youth was unable to overcome experience in the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day 100 at Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon.  Hometown driver Nick Sweet, 21, led the first 58 laps from his outside pole starting position and looked to take his second NAPA Tiger Sportsman win of the season, but veteran Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier had other plans.  Laquerre, 64, and a winner at Thunder Road in five different decades, moved underneath Sweet to take the lead on the 59th circuit and drove to the victory.

            But it wasn’t that easy.

            Laquerre and Sweet put on a close-quarters, crowd-rousing battle for the win for the remainder of the race, and nearly crashed on the final lap.  Sweet made contact with Laquerre’s rear bumper entering Turn 3 on the last lap, sending Laquerre into a slide.  As Sweet slowed to allow Laquerre to regroup, third-place man Craig Bushey of Cambridge squeezed into the fray.  Laquerre, Bushey, and Sweet finished the race side-by-side in tight formation, bringing the Thunder Road faithful to their feet in a chorus of cheers.

            “That was a dramatic ending,” said Laquerre in victory lane, “but I’m glad I won.”  Laquerre won the Casella Waste Management 100 in 2006 as well.

            “I wasn’t going to wreck (Joey), I just wanted him to know I was there,” said a disappointed Sweet.

            “That was wild,” said a surprised Bushey, who had been running solidly in third place, but many car-lengths behind the leaders.  “I still don’t really know what happened.”